“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. IT teaches us to say, ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).
As the longing to see Jesus face-to-face begins to grow in our lives, we will find ourselves beginning to pray, what might seem at first to be, unusual prayers. We will not simply pray more often, “Come soon, Lord Jesus.” We will watch the news or read the newspaper and find ourselves deep in intercession. Issues surrounding Israel and the Middle East will begin to find their way into our prayer times. We will make connections with others who are standing on the wall of prayer for their nation and the dangers currently faced.
Lord, how I love the fact that You allow us all to experience Your presence in a wonderful way, even though we find ourselves still in the flesh and waiting for the fullness of our redemption. But You have made us to be those who will live forever with You. I can’t wait to see You face-to-face. Give us all a passionate love and desire for You that surpasses anything that is in this world. May we find ourselves lining up with Your Word and looking forward to Your appearing with great joy and expectation.
–Adapted from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that he is patient with you, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Thank God for his patience with you in aspects of life you are slow to let him change. Confess times of presuming upon his patience, and commit yourself to ready and diligent responses to his leading. Ask God to help you, as his image-bearer, to reflect his patience.
Pray that you and your network of family and friends will remember God’s standard: “Love is patient” (1 Cor. 13:4). Ask him to help all of you move that from thought to practice.
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